Terrain Lab aims at experimenting with different ways to read and convey territorial conflicts, and to discuss about alternative negotiations between the environment, landscape and anthropogenic actions.

Inside the course programme there will be different scheduled lectures, seminars, software tutorials, pin-ups and a constant evaluation on student progress.


Tutors will teach specific software, among which:

  • ArcMap, ArcScene and ArcGlobe (GIS), to better comprehend and analyze complex territorial dynamics.
  • Rhinoceros and Grasshoppper, 2d and 3d representations, and parametric urban design.
  • Caesar and Processing, to simulate fluvial dynamics in urban environments
  • Premier, video editing tool, to communicate student findings and ideas.
  • Drone photogrammetry, 3d mapping and topographical surveys.

Students will be working in groups covering different scales and topics of the territorial project. The workshop will be divided in different sections that will guide the students through the territorial project.

ANTHROPOCENE AND CARTOGRAPHY – Lectures series, software tutorials.
Students will be introduced to the concepts of the Anthropocene and its consequences through lectures and readings.
There will be key seminars and lectures to understand the relevancy of cartography on the making of the territorial project. Tutors will give specific tutorials on GIS software, and data collection. Main ideas and finding will be discussed in open seminars between tutors and students.

PROJECTIVE GROUNDS – Software tutorials, Site visits, Lecture series, Simulation, Drone flying.
Participants will start working in teams to research and map the specific conditions of the riparian landscapes of Navarre. Each team will be working on a different scale, understanding the forces that shape the local dynamics.
We will visit the agricultural fields and fluvial landscapes along the rivers Arga and Ega, and engage with the local communities through interviews. During the site visits, we will fly drones to collect data that will help students understand the local conditions, whilst learning the potential of this cutting edge technology. In parallel, there will be key lecture series to gain specific knowledge about conflicts and issues given by local experts.
Tutors will give mapping in GIS and fluvial simulation tutorials, for students to understand the dynamic conditions of the riparian fields.

SYSTEMS AND PATTERNS – Software tutorials, Critical analysis, Mapping, Simulation, Jury.
Teams will start to map their findings in order to unveil hidden potentials of the grounds in which they will be working. Each team will work on a set of projective cartographies using the tools previously taught; GIS, simulations, …. Students will be guided to develop a critical understanding of urban environments through studio tutorials.
Participants will learn the ability to work with 2d and 3d representations in Rhinoceros, and to implement parametric urban design through workshops given by tutors.
We will dive into the systems and patterns that organize the fields, trying to extract conclusions that will be starting point to speculate with alternative scenarios. Students will be asked to prepare a short presentation for an open discussion with an expert panel.

ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS – Software tutorials, Mapping, Simulation.
Students are expected to develop a set of proposals that speculate with an alternative future for this territories. They will apply all the skills developed throughout the workshop and will be guided by tutors in the production of the materials for a media product.
In this sense, a specialized tutor will give Premier tutorials, to put together all the cartographies, interviews, pictures, and materials generated during the workshop on a story telling video.

BROADCASTING – Presentations and Exhibition.
The workshop will end with a public exhibition and presentation at the College of Architects of Navarre, in which the work developed by students will be shown. Proposal will be judged by an expert panel and the local community to start a discussion on potential futures for the riparian territories of Navarre, and in a broader sense, on fluvial landscapes.